Friday, 27 February 2015

SFFSat 28/2/2015 Sorrel in Silver

This is my snippet this week for SFFSat. I couldn't post last week - real life intervened - but this week I'm back. SFFSat is a place where a number of authors post snippets from their written works, and give the opportunity for comments, support and encouragement. Please also explore the other blogs that are part of this set - you can find the information here. 

 This is another snippet from Sorrel in Silver. Sorrel is trying to get to her aeroplane, to make her escape from her current difficulties...

I swam cautiously towards the Cygnet; my objective was stealth, not speed. The four graalur on the jetty weren't expecting anyone to approach the aeroplane from the water, so I reached my bird without any problems.
   I stretched up from the water and my fingers slid under the edge of the hatch. It was unlatched! For once, luck was on my side. I teased it open slowly, pulling back on it until it was opened fully. I could only hope the graalur hadn't noticed the door move.
   I lifted the bomb and slid it neatly into the cockpit. It rolled and I heard it clonk against something inside. I froze, hanging in the water, waiting to hear if the graalur responded. Some bored guards chat amongst themselves; these four were clearly too stupid to think of things to talk about. After a minute of waiting, though, they hadn't come to investigate the sound, so they were also too stupid to notice indications of trouble.
Always assuming they weren't trying to lull me into a false sense of security.

As always, comments appreciated.


  1. So many questions. Why does she have a bomb? What are graalur? Are they really stupid?

    1. In answer - she has a bomb because she's Sorrel and Sorrel is naturally destructive; graalur are orc-like soldiers; and yes, frankly, most of them really are stupid. Just as well or Sorrel wouldn't stand a chance - unkind people might say that she can be pretty stupid at times, too. Of course, unkind people would be wise not to say so in her hearing... ;-)

  2. But why put a bomb in her own plane? How could she bear to blow it up?!

    1. To answer that, you'd have to read the novel... ;-)